Nonetheless, there are differences between the Saturday and the Sunday races: the duration and the number of pit stops. On Saturday, the race will be over after 40 minutes plus a full lap, with tire changes not being obligatory. This means that a driver may cover the full race distance on one set of tires – but doing so will represent a special challenge. Meanwhile, the race duration on Sunday amounts to 60 minutes plus a full lap and a stop for a tire change is mandatory for every driver.
The new format will make its debut in the DTM season kick-off, from 30th April to 03rd May at Hockenheim.
Hans Werner Aufrecht, Chairman of DTM rights holder and promoter ITR e.V., stresses: “With two Championship rounds per weekend we provide the spectators twice as much of the things that count: more door-to-door battles, more thrilling decisions, and more fascinating motor racing. And we are convinced that the differing race formats will make for entertaining and thrilling races."